GRAFF: The Art & Technique of Graffiti

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Overview

Once viewed as merely a blemish on the urban landscape, graffiti today has evolved into a legitimate art form in its own right, influencing entertainment, advertising, fashion and other creative industries worldwide.

In this unprecedented book, master graffiti artist Scape Martinez shows how he does his thing, offering streetwise advice to help other "writers" create maximum-impact, legally sanctioned work. Step by step, he lays out the philosophies and realities of the genre. From picking a "tag" and developing letterforms, to the logistics of prepping a wall and working a spray can in a painterly fashion, Graff will help you find your style and leave your mark—large and loud.

  • A breakdown of the fundamental elements of graffiti-style—letters, character, backgrounds—and how they work together and intermingle with arrows, symbols, quotes and tags
  • From paper to wall, a start-to-finish approach for creating graffiti in various styles
  • 5 on-site step-by-step demonstrations show the creation of various types of compositions, from throw ups to full-blown pieces
Complete with a glossary and a timeline tracing graffiti history, Graff is the bible for street artists looking to elevate their work, graphic designers wanting to expand their vocabulary, and anyone interested in giving their work an edgy, urban look.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600610714
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 214,209
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Scape Martinez creates with spray enamel, house paint, markers, acrylic and watercolor. He owns and operates two youth clothing lines, Liquidscape and Respect, Inc., and is an arts advocate for kids. He is regularly featured in exhibits; does murals and designs; lectures and teaches in the San Jose area and beyond. He's been featured in Artweek, San Jose Mercury News, Melro, San Jose City Times and The Times of San Jose City College.

www.liquidscape.com

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    Graffiti In A Nutshell

    For all who are interested and want to get the art perspective of Graffiti, this is the book. The book not only delivers a brief, historical history of how it all began. But continues giving historical facts on each page which I found very interesting. He provides the information needed for anyone who is a beginner, from what tools you will need, to the different styles of lettering, as well as a reference to Graffiti terminology. I especially loved how he expressed everything about Graff as a professional artist creating art. Not as a person tagging up walls illegally. He keeps it real and clean.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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